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irs, attack on benghazi and now associated press phone records seized by the justice department. the a.p. says dozens of journalists had phone records secretly collected, calling it a massive and unprecedented intrusion. >> we got three different things going on. it looks like a firestorm. i think it's very important to be careful to separate them. >> dealing with, what, three or four different either scandals or big screwups in realtime. i think the irs one in the short term is most problematic. >> president obama was pressed on the two other issues in the east room, labeling the controversy over the benghazi talking points a side show but vowing to get to the bottom of the irs scandal where tea party groups were targeted for extra scrutiny. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's
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outrageo outrageous. and there's no place for it. and they have to be held fully accountable. >> on friday the acting irs commissioner will have to testify before a house committee and explain how this happened. >> this was the targeting of the president's political enemies, effectively, and lies about it during the election year. the congress has to hold people accountable for it. these were effectively ideological attacks. >> i want to bring in chicago sun times washington bureau chief lynn sweet and the national journal's editorial director ron fournier. good to see both of you. we have these three scandals or whatever else you want to call them. but i think that there are two separate questions here through all of this. was something done wrong, was there any criminality. two, does this administration have a crisis in crisis management? i think let's take these two things separately and let me ask you first, could there be any criminal behavior in any of
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this? >> i think that's the question that is most centered on the irs focusing on these conservative groups for scrutiny. so there's a lot to be learned on there. what's interesting, chris, there are cries for investigation from both sides of the aisle with house and senate hearings going on. it may well be that there is a criminal question to be asked. don't know what the answer is. on the other two scandals, and that is the right word to use right now, dealing with the a.p. monitoring two months of phone calls, you don't tell them? i mean, what a tepid response yesterday that the white house put out. benghazi is playing itself out. i don't think we will ever find any criminality there. still an issue for the white house to deal with. >> i think it is the irs that does seem to be getting a lot of the attention, ron. the headline on george will's piece is the irs scandal echoes of watergate. i don't know if that's a fair comparison considering nixon told the irs to target his enemies and from what we know
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the president did not have a hand in this. nevertheless, how big a problem is this? where do you see the big issue? >> it depends on what the congressional investigators and possibly special prosecutor finds out when they look to see how far this goes. you know, there's nobody who -- this is a bad week for anybody who wants the president to succeed. which should be just about anybody. when you look at this scandal in particular, if it's possible that -- and if these investigators find out that anybody in the white house or anybody on the campaign knew about the targeting, that's going to be an awfully tough thing for the presidency to be able to manage. they're really consumed the last couple years of the presidency. so we hope that's not the case. going back to your first issue, there definitely is a question the president has to be asking himself. am i surrounded by the right people? do i have people on my team who really are effective crisis managers? do i have people who can understand that the administration isn't perfect and
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that although i have extreme enemies and although i have a media that has a short attention span and doesn't pay attention to context all the time, that these are issues that i have to get out in front of. we've got to stop dribbling out information, misleading the public as they did on to the best of my recollection rs and benghazi issues and we have to handle these things for what they are which are crises. >> i think if there is an echo of watergate, it is that question we heard so much during that time. what did they know and when did they know it. let's talk about the timeline a little bit in this irs controversy. march 22nd, 2012. here's what the irs commissioner at the time said. >> there's absolutely no targeting. this is the kind of back and forth that happens when people apply for 501 c 4 status. >> then we're told may 3rd, 2012, new acting chief steven miller was briefed about this. on july 25th he testified about it in front of congress and doesn't mention the additional scrutiny. and was asked about it. so, lynn, is this the key
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question? who knew what when? >> two questions, yes, what you said, absolutely. that's phase two. phase one is what happened? were there rogue operators? were they just acting on their own? no supervision? that's pretty bad if that's the case. and then, two, who knew what when as you say. these are two storylines. as we say in our business, chris and ron, this story has legs that could extend for years. >> i want to play a clip -- >> the story has been changing -- i was going to say the story shifted just since friday. we were told friday this was only the cincinnati office. now "the washington post" has a story saying there were officials in the washington offices of the irs involved. that makes you wonder. it's just not good to be dribbling out information like that. >> let me play a clip a lot of reporters including our tom costello was on a conference call where lois lerner, director of the irs's exempt organization's division, the one that would oversee this, talked to reporters. here it is. >> a quarter of the 300, then, so we're talking 75 or so?
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>> that's correct. is that a quarter? that's correct. thank you. i'm not good at math. that's correct. >> you're with the irs. thank you. >> but i'm a lawyer. i'm not an accountant. >> i mean, it's fodder, obviously, ron, for people like jon stewart who, you know, made a pretty funny joke about it. but it's not very funny, is it? >> well, i would say that is a side show. she's not someone who does our taxes. she's someone who's supposed to be running the agency. what is the real issue here is -- >> but do you want someone who's supposed to be running the agency that is in charge of calculating your taxes -- >> no, no, no. her job is not to do our taxes. her job is to make sure what that agency does is fair and impartial. her job is to make sure when he tells congress and tells the public that they were not targeting conservative groups, that they actually weren't. her job is to make sure that the information gets out fairly and honestly. that's the part of her job i have a problem with. not whether or not she can do her math. >> i think it adds to the perception problem.
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let me bring in congressman todd young, republican from indiana. and a member of the ways and means committee. congressman, good morning. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> so on friday you will get a chance to ask the irs chief about this. what's the first question you have? >> well, i think, you know, who knew what and when did they know it. you pretty much summarized it well. we need to get to the bottom of that. who directed that this occurred, if anyone, or instead was this some sort of spontaneous response to the desires of folks in the cincinnati offices or washington or california. we now find that there does seem to be, according to "the washington post" this morning, some directives coming out of washington. so we're going to ask some more questions about that. exactly what was reported to congress and at what time is also of concern. as you indicated, the commissioner of the irs did testify before congress indicating that there was no validity or substance to charges that there was a targeting of
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conservative groups. we now know that that is not the case in light of the irs's public apology in this regard. we're going to ask more questions about exactly when the irs commissioner knew. finally, we need to find out whether this targeting was the result of partisanship, which is the fear of many, or instead whether it was managerial, ministerial incompetence. either of which are unacceptable. but they'll lead us different places in terms of the criminality that might be involved. >> one of the things the president did say yesterday is we need to get to the bottom of this. >> that's right. >> it sounds like you're with him at least on the fact there are a lot of questions yet we just don't know the answers to. have some conservatives like george will who are comparing this to watergate, fast and furious, even the comparisons to watergate were made to obama's birth certificate. are we going too far, jumping ahead with those accusations?
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>> i heard you mention the word "watergate" as well. i'm not prepared to invoke watergate as yet. again, we're in the information gathering stages. most of the information we do have coming out is a result of some information provided to our congressional investigators by the treasury inspector general. the treasury ig is going to produce their report. we'll be holding hearings in ways and means as well as the government oversight committee. and the president has to make a decision. does he want to be more forcefully involved in this and appoint a special prosecutor so that there's no appearance of impropriety, which i think is important. >> are you saying you think a special prosecutor should be appointed in this case? >> we don't know yet. we'll see what the inspector general report and our congressional hearings produces. but if, in fact, it produces some very disturbing and troubling things, it may, in fact, be appropriate for the president to appoint a special prosecutor. >> we've also been following -- you've tweeted a lot about this. on twitter a constituent also asked you about what's going on with the department of justice secretly looking into these
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associated press records. so let me get your reaction to that as well. >> well, also, very serious, this invokes first amendment concerns. as does the situation related to the irs. but admittedly it's hard to follow all these either scandals or screwups, however we ultimately characterize them, between irs, the associated press, health and human services applying seemingly pressure to insurance companies to give to progressive groups that will help implement the exchanges. we're dealing with a lot here. benghazi. but, listen, this is also something we need to look into. it's being looked into. probably nowhere more fiercefully than among our washington, d.c. press corps. >> congressman todd young, thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> let me play to that point of what happened with the a.p. a clip from executive editor kathleen carol this morning. >> it's clearly distressing to
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think that without our knowledge, someone is looking at phone calls that we make in the course of daily business. i've been in this business more than 30 years. and our first amendment lawyers and our lawyers inside the a.p. and our ceo is also a well known first amendment lawyer. none of us have seen anything like this. >> ron, you were at the a.p. how long? >> 20-some years. >> yeah. 20-some years. i wondered what your reaction was when you heard about this? >> i'm obviously biassed. i worked directly for kathleen. she's a friend of mine. and many of the reporters whose phone records were seized by our government are friends of mine. i agree with the a.p. that this is appalling. it's chilling. here's why. it's very important that the press, as flawed as we can be, we do our best work when we get people in government, around government, to tell us things that their bosses don't want to get out. to tell us things that are embarrassing to the administration, whether it's the republican administration or democratic administration.
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this effort, my -- my suspicion is was done for one reason. to send a message to all potential whistle blowers, we're watching you. this is a chilling thing to do. it looks like a fishing expedition. it's unprecedented in its scope, in its breadth. i think it's a big mistake. >> it's part of this bigger picture adding to this bigger picture that dana milbank wrote about in his op-ed this morning called obama's second term blues. he writes, well, that didn't take long. four months into a fresh four years, president obama is already assuming the familiar crouch of a scandal struck second termer. is all of this going to put aside -- i think ron mentioned this earlier, lynn. is this going to hurt the president and his team in terms of moving forward on the things that he cares about and has made a priority for his second term? >> absolutely, chris. i don't see how it can't be at the least a major distraction. at the most you having these three issues, and the most important right now, the ones that i think everybody understands is the snooping on
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reporters' phone records. and the irs trying to influence or looking at any group, no matter what their politics are, tax exempt applications. people get this. so the issue isn't complicated. and it will make republicans in congress have every one of their themes, that seems to amplify that about overreaching of the obama administration. so, yes, it will slow down everything obama wants to do at least for now. >> lynn sweet, always great to have you on the program. ron fournier, thank you. good to see you. one week from today the philadelphia abortion clinic doctor will be back in court for sentencing in the murders of three babies. dr. kermit gosnell was found guilty yesterday of first degree murder and manslaughter. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. although gosnell didn't testify during the trial he could take the stand next week in order to try to save his life. xcept it's. go to e-trade and find out
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the world woke up to a stunning announcement today from angelina jolie. she had a double mastectomy to reduce her chance of getting breast cancer. through genetic testing, jolie learned she had an 87% chance of breast cancer. and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. she did the testing because she lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2007. in an editorial in today's "new york times" she writes in part, once i knew that this was my reality, i decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as i could. i'm writing about it now because i hope that other women can benefit from my experience. my chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%. i can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. i'm joined now by ambassador nancy brinker, world health organization goodwill ambassador for cancer control and the
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founder of the susan g. komen for the cure. dr. steven grobmyer, head of the cleveland clinic breast center. good morning to both of you. doctor, let me start with you. jolie learned she has this mu tigs and the brca1 gene. getting a double mastectomy is a major decision. it required multiple surgeries. what factors sbo into making a decision like that? >> the decision to have a double mastectomy is obviously a complicated one. it's one that patients should make in consultation with their doctors and with their family. taking into account the long term risks of developing breast cancer and the quality of life issues that attend to such decisions. >> she was told as we reported that she had an 87% chance of developing cancer based on this testing. is that typical for someone with that genetic mutation? >> yes, it is. there are several known genetic mutations now associated with the risk of developing breast cancer. the risk is slightly different for each mutation. it's generally in the range of
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70% to 80%. >> ambassador, anyone who reads this op-ed sees it is deeply personal. she goes into a lot of detail. it included three surgeries. she said at times it felt like a scene out of a science fiction movie. i'm going to quote her. on a personal note, i do not feel any less of a woman. i feel empowerment that i made a strong choice that in no way diminishing my femininity. how important is it for someone with her profile who has gone through this to be so public. >> thank you, chris. first of all, i want to commend angelina. she is a beautiful, brave and courageous woman to be able to come out and talk about this issue, deeply personally. and she's 37 years old. she focuses on issues which have been tantment in this journey we've had at susan g. komen of funding breast cancer research and community helps and funding breast cancer care. we've funded over $34 million of grants. over 100 grants. i think the key issue here is the personalish shaw this is. it made me a little emotional.
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because i was exactly her age when i developed breast cancer. at the same time that came from brca positive, having the mutation which i did not discover until years later. and made the same decision. and it is a difficult decision. it's a personal decision. and as dr. grobmyer says, it comes with quality of life issue. yet this young woman has taken this issue and opened up a dialogue for all of us in america and around the world on risk factors, how people should have access to this important test. she was very lucky to have the ability to have the test. i was very lucky to have it. most women don't. i'm hoping with the affordable health care act which now covers this in some insurance plans, that we'll be able to offer this to people. because where a woman lives and how much money she has should never determine whether she lives. >> how common is it for insurance to cover first of all the test? >> today, it is more common if you have certain kinds of plans. since august 1st, 2012, with the
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affordable health care act it's supposed to be covered. but this assumes that a woman has had a consultation with a physician, her risk factor is identified, and the insurance approves it. many women will never have that kind of health care coverage. they'll have different kinds. we need to make sure the test is widely accessible to them as well. >> a lot of women are afraid, doctor, of the physical results after a double mastectomy. the loss of something, as angelina jolie pointed out, of something so associated with being a woman. she writes, though, that the results can be beautiful. and this is important, right? >> oh, it's extremely important. it's why we continue to make progress in our ability to do not only the surgery to reduce the patient's risk, but to do reconstructive procedures that create as natural of breasts as possible. >> jolie writes about the support as well of her partner, brad pitt. and i think it is also important to point out, because it's difficult for a lot of women to talk about this, the support of
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family and frankly of groups like yours. they need to be able to go to places, ambassador, where they know that they can be in a loving and supportive environment. >> and we find out that the lower resource woman is, the less support she tends to get. which is why we build these programs around providing social support. a woman needs it at home. she needs to be brought into a clinic, a continuum of care where she can receive this kind of treatment lovingly and be navigated through it. having access and having the support means everything when you're making or about to make a decision like this. >> ambassador nancy brinker, dr. steven grobmyer, thanks to both of you. a very important topic. we appreciate it. >> thank you. funeral services will be held today for dr. joyce brothers. the popular television psychologist, author and columnist died yesterday of respiratory failure in new york city. brothers was indeed a pioneer with her first advice show airing on nbc back in 1958. in recent years she was a frequent guest here on msnbc. dr. joyce brothers was 85 years old.
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[ female announcer ] when people talk, great things happen. to politics now where it could be the first time in history that two brothers are serving in the cabinet at the same time. cameron kerry was just named acting secretary of commerce. of course, his brother, john kerry, is secretary of state. the closest thing to this? when john f. kennedy served alongside his brother, bobby, who was the attorney general. big knock against speaker john boehner coming from nancy pelosi last night on "all in" with chris hayes. >> if he were a woman, they'd be calling him the weakest speak ner in history. at the waldorf historia hotel president obama says he's watched the country come together in cuff times. >> one of the things that a
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second term affords you is a little bit of perspective. because i don't have to run again. as michelle happily reminds me. i probably never been more optimistic about america. >> 49 people were arrested in raleigh, north carolina, in an act of civil disobedience protesting republican policies. this photo taken by travis long of the north carolina news and observer. and it is just the latest in a series of protests dubbed moral mondays. protesters say they're concerned about the direction the state is headed in including cuts to unemployment and medicaid and knew voter id laws. minnesota will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriages. the governor is scheduled to sign the bill into law at 5:00 p.m. today. it's the first midwestern state to take this step. and for today's must read, i'm going to ask you to weigh in on a debate involving hollywood. questions about a ratings system that say gives an r for brief nudity or using the "f" word but
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♪ if i gave one to you? ♪ the senate judiciary committee is holding a hearing right now to continue the markup on the gang of eight's immigration bill. today they're focusing on the new guest worker program designed to attract high-tech labor and low skilled workers. republicans are looking to make the legislation friendlier to businesses while democrats are pushing for prolabor amendments to the bill. states are also look agent the rights of low skill workers. new york's assembly just pass add farm workers bill giving workers an eight hour day along with disability and unemployment benefits. carrie kennedy, fougood to see . you just came back from albany where you were supporting this new york farm workers bill.
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it's passed repeatedly in the assembly. can't get through the senate. is it going to get through? >> we're working hard on that. we have a much better chance this year than weer had before. we need 32 vote. we have 27 co-sponsors. we have three republicans who have already said they'll support it. and then we have about a handful of democrats and another six republicans who have voted for it in the past or who are leaning towards it. so we only need two of them. >> let's talk about the opposition. pham farmers say simply that they can't afford it. that's kind of the similar argument that's being made as they're talking about the immigration bill. that many businesses say that not only can they not afford some of these changes, but it would force them to limit the hours of the workers and as a result they would actually make less pay. what do you say to that? >> well, we're not mandating that workers cannot have the day off -- cannot say they won't take a day off per week. but this is just allowing them to have it or allowing them to
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form a union. in new york state, farm workers are not allowed to have a day off per week. don't -- aren't allowed to form a union. aren't allowed to have overtime pay. so one of the farmers i met, for instance, worked for ten years without a day off. and worked 12-hour days. >> ten years without a day off? >> ten years without a day off. and when i spoke to -- in a room of 15 state senators in new york about that a few weeks ago, one of them said, let's get the inspectors to go in and put an end to that. i said, the problem is, it's legal. there's nothing illegal about what they're doing. so some of this is a financial issue. but a lot of it is just human, you know, safety and dignity. >> the house judiciary committee chairman bob goodlat said this. by putting farmers in the driver's seat rather than washington bureaucrats they will be better equipped to compete in
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the global company and growing our crops. i spent a lot of time in new york state. a lot of small farms have really had to fight to stay in business. family farms have had to fight to stay in business. so what about that central argument which really is they can't afford to operate their businesses this way? >> well, actually, on family farms, usually what you find is those are the people who are treating their workers well. they're not paying them that minimum wage. they're paying them $10, $11, $12 an hour. so the family farms, especially if they're actually family farms and employing their family members, have housing costs that are here. then they're paying their workers decently. then they're giving them a day of rest. and then they're giving them ability to go see, you know, a doctor or whatever when they need to. whereas the big, big ag is not giving their workers any of those. so the big ag's cost -- labor costs are very low. and the family farms are very high. so this bill will actually even
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up that playing field and help the family farmers. >> meantime, the rfk center is having its sixth annual spring auction for human rights. i hear you might be close, what, to a million dollars so far? >> it just went over a million dollars. that was two minutes ago. >> we were looking at it. so if you want to have coffee with apple ceo tim cook it's currently $600,000. having said that, there are a lot of things that a lot more people can afford. >> like coming to see you right here. >> people can come and have day at jansing & co., yes. >> go meet robert de niro. have a walk-on roll in the next jim carrey movie. have coffee or dinner with quincy jones at his home. visit francis ford coppola at his vineyard and drink his wife. >> that would be rough. tell us quickly before we have to go, kerry, about the work they do. if people go online and they bid for this, where does the money go? >> the money goes to the robert f. kennedy center for justice and human rights.
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we have a worldwide education program that teaches students how to be human rights defenders. stops bullying across our country and around the world. we do online, you know, front line human rights work in -- with farm workers here in the united states. trying to stop, for instance, that anti-homosexuality bill in uganda which will make homosexuality punishable by the death penalty. and we work all over the world on basic justice issues. >> kerry kennedy, i know that you're going to be doing some traveling in the next 24 hours. it's nice of you to stop in on your way out of town. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> always good to see you. checking the news feed this morning, the suicide watch records on cleveland kidnapping suspect ariel castro show him mostly sleeping in jail. but also walking around naked, making kool-aid and using two strings from the mat to floss his teeth. meantime we're learning castro's police record is lengthy. investigated several times for
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assault, domestic violence and menacing but never charged. his brothers say castro never let them in the house past the kitchen and he had the radio or tv on all the time. in a possible effort, they say, to try to hide the three women he was holding in his basement. new orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old akein scott as the main suspect in that shooting at a mother's day parade. police say he was identified by more than one person. surveillance video shows the crowd running and some people falling to the ground before you see some flee. 19 people were hurt including two children. o.j. simpson will be back in court today as he fights for a retrial on his robbery and kidnapping case. yesterday we got our first look at simpson since his 2008 conviction. heavier and grayer since then. simpson could take the stand tomorrow. after five months on the international space station, a three man crew made a dramatic return to earth with a fiery re-entry before landing in
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kazakhstan. american thomas marshburn, a russian and canadian commander chris hatfield touched down this morning. the men were put into chairs to help them adjust to gravity. the video hatfield made, we showed it to you first yesterday, him singing david bowie's "space odyssey" now has more than 5.5 million views on youtube. check out this amazing view from 1776 feet above street level. while spectators and workers cheered, a camera was attached to the world trade center spire and raised friday morning. these guys installing the 758 ton spire, pretty brave. check out just how tiny the cars are down there if you can even see them. well, the big cell phone carriers are teaming up to fight texting and driving. cnbc's jackie deangelis is here with what's moving your money. good morning. there was a recent study, found more teens now die from texting and driving than drunk driving. >> yeah. >> tell us about this new effort by the cell phone companies. >> it's pretty staggering, chris. good morning to you.
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the four biggest cell phone companies in the country, they are uniting behind at&t's it can wait campaign. it's their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving. take a look at this ad. if you text and drive, it definitely will make you think twice. >> i'm currently suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury. this is the text message that caused the car accident that changed my life forever. >> it's a unique campaign, chris. not just because it brings rivals together, but it is acknowledging that cell phones can be dangerous when used in the car. now, the carriers initially balked at rules against cell phone use while driving. they are now making this push to help with safety issues. the ads and the messaging, they're going to be visible on many platforms. radio, tv, even goodyear blimps to name a few other venues. >> pardon the pun, jackie. the other shoe has dropped for skechers. >> on a lighter note you've probably seen those ads for
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shoes that claim if you wear them you can lose weight, tone, build muscle. if it seems too good to be true it just might be. a federal judge approved a $40 million class action settlement between skechers and consumers who bought the shoes arguing the ads made unfounded claims about what they do. the deal covers more than 520,000 claims. those with approved claims will be able to get a maximum repayment for their purchase. in the case of one of those styles, the shape-up shoes, an $80 refund. >> cnbc's jackie deangelis, thank you so much. >> any time. thinking about getting a pet? well, the aspca is out with a list of the top ten naughtiest pets. here they are. five, yorkshire terriers. their curious nature gets them into trouble. golden retrievers love to chew on things. chihuahuas come in third because they'll scoop up dropped pills like a vacuum. two, domestic short haired cats who often get into plants. and the naughtiest pet? the labrador retriever.
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we're calling it the prince and the governor. any minute now we're expecting to see new jersey governor chris christie giving britain's prince harry a tour of the jersey shore recovery efforts. you're looking at a live picture of seaside heights. a little over six months since superstorm sandy devastated the region. i want to bring in new jersey congressman frank fillone whose district includes part of the jersey shore. marilyn schlosbach. owner of a restaurant ins s asb park. memorial weekend is only two weekends away. the start traditionally to the jersey shore summer tourism season. how much of the area has come back? >> i think for tourism purposes it's come back quite a bit. most of the boardwalks are going to be open. a lot of the businesses along the boardwalks will be open. so i do encourage people to come
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down. i think they'll see the shore the way they're used to it. but in terms of homeowners and a lot of small businesses, we still have a long way to go. many homeowners still have not been able to come back and haven't had the money, frankly, because their insurance hasn't been paid out or the federal funds have not been forthcoming yet. so there's still a lot to be done in terms of homeowners coming back, repairing their homes, rebuilding. and also for businesses as well. >> speaking of small businesses, marilyn, your restaurant was seriously damaged by sandy. six months later, how tough has it been getting back up on your feet? >> it's probably been the worst six months of my life. i've had some tough things happen to me in my life. the struggle -- >> we're looking at pictures of what happened to your restaurant. >> langosta was on the boardwalk in asbury. probably took the brunt of what asbury incurred. we also have a restaurant in normandy beach where prince
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harry is visiting. a different set of circumstances. but we had 4-month-old dwin girls when the storm hit. the last six months have just been an ongoing struggle every day. >> do you think it helps us -- human nature frankly is, we move on. we see a tragedy, we move on. having the prince come and walk the boardwalk and see what happened, do you think it helps? >> yes. i think having attention redrawn to the area and people to see that there are still a lot of folks suffering there, trying to get back their lives, is a good thing. because people feel out of sight, out of mind. they forget what we're still struggling with. langosta is still not open. we were scheduled to open this past weekend. we did a waves for water benefit. now we're trying to get open for next weekend. >> the federal government, you know, speaking of exactly the breadth of everything, they recently signed off on a nearly $2 billion aid package to help homeowners and businesses recover. these are the latest numbers from fema. $3.5 billion in payments have been made on claims under the
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national flood insurance program. nearly $400 million in fema grants have been approved for individuals and households. another $764 million in small businesses administration disaster loans have been approved. congressman, are you satisfied with the response and the recovery effort? >> absolutely not, chris. as marilyn said, most of the money that's supposed to go out to small businesses has still not gone out. many of them did not get their insurance claims paid. they were not adequate to rebuild. the fema money in the form of these community development block grants has not arrived yet. applications, i understand, are being taken now. but no one has received money from the community development block grant. neither have homeowners. so this process has been extremely delayed. and it is very disappointing, frankly. a lot of it had to do with the fact that there was a three-month delay in even getting the fema package passed. because the opposition of the right wing and the tea party
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republicans. so it -- the response has not been good. i think that, you know, a lot has been done in terms of the public projects like roads and boardwalks. but not for homeowners and -- and not for small businesses. to the extent that they're back, it's primarily because some of them may have had savings or the ability to rebuild on their own. not because they've been getting the federal assistance that's been promised. >> is that what you have found, marilyn? or have you had good help from government officials? >> no. no help. we didn't get any of our insurance policies paid out for our business. so that wasn't an option for us. we did the sba program which we got funded partially on so far and are looking to get more funds. but that is an interest bearing loan. it's not free money. i mean, basically i'm borrowing a half a million dollars to go back to work. and to put people back to work. and that is really scary as a business owner.
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i'm a woman-owned business. i have six restaurants that i operate and run myself. i cook in a bunch of them every night. and to say that i'm going to borrow more money than i've ever borrowed in my life, i didn't borrow that much to buy my business or my building. this is really scary for folks. >> we were looking at one of the iconic images, the big roller coaster that was washed into the water. that's a lot of what people are still seeing. are you worried about people coming back this summer? >> yeah. i'm worried people think we're not open. i'm worried about the safety of the water that people are going to swim in. my husband's a surfer and was surfing in normandy the other day and saw a big oil tank come by. you know, we've got a lot of work to do. but we need people to support us. because if we're going to make the commitment to borrow money to put business back up and running and put people back to work, we have to have customers to pay our bills so that we can keep paying this money back, basically. >> prince harry and the governor will certainly shine a light on some of the continuing issues. marilyn schlossbach, thank you.
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congressman frank pallone, thank you as well. today's tweet of the day comes from local writer and photographer richard coffman who tweeted out this photo. sunrise as seaside heights today before the demo of the casino pier roller coaster. a symbol of superstorm sandy. prince harry will be one of the last people to see that coaster in the ocean. [ female announcer] birdhouse plans. nacho pans. glass on floors. daily chores. for the little mishaps you feel use neosporin to help you heal. it kills germs so you heal four days faster. neosporin. use with band-aid brand bandages. [ merv ] mr. clean magic eraser extra power was three times faster on permanent marker. it looks like mr. clean has won everything. the cleaning games are finished? and so are we. [ male announcer ] clean more, work less, with the mr. clean magic eraser extra power. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods?
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under enormous worldwide pressure after the bangladesh garment factory collapse, retailers are embracing a new plan to improve workers' safety. h & m, biggest buyer of garments from bangladesh as well as owners from calvin klein, tommy hilfiger and izod have agreed to pay for factory improvements. among the big holdouts, walmart and the gap. richard lui with the drilldown on the landmark agreement. it addresses safety concerns but doesn't necessarily tackle the very small wages earned by so
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many of these workers. >> a little bit. it covers a lot in the six pages. the plan requires retailers to conduct independent safety inspections and pay for repairs. up to half a billion dollars a year. retailers must also stop doing business with factories refusing to make safety improvements. that's just part of pipt the gap says it will not sign the agreement until some warning about legal liability is changed. walmart has not signed on saying it will work with industry groups and the bangladesh government on a resolution directly. but, nevertheless, the pressure persists. >> i think companies look out in the current landscape and understand that the cost of their reputation of not signing this agreement is far greater than the financial cost of participating in the agreement. >> but the agreement as you mentioned does not address wages. which on average are $38 a month for bangladesh garment workers. that's right at or below the international poverty level. it's a struggle for the 4 million garment workers paying
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for everyday staples. they spend almost a day's wage to buy things dozen eggs, which cost one u.s. dollar. or seven bars of soap, almost as well a full day's wage. in the u.s. we could buy the very same things after working nine minutes. but that low wage attracts retailers. china is three times more expensive. other asian producers twice the price. bangladesh says it will announce wage suggestions within three months here. and if they were to double the wages, bangladesh would still be in the average at about $75. now, the worry is higher wages will hurt a prospering garment industry that's helped halve the property rate over the last decade. adam davidson of the "new york times" looks at the upside in the so-called low cost t-shirt phase. how nations over the past 350 years struggled through it including the united states before reaching broader economic prosperity. as we know, chris, there's immediate concerns right now. >> there are, indeed. we're going to continue to follow this story. richard, thank you. that wraps up this hour of "jansing & co.."
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i'm chris jansing. thomas roberts is up next. >> good morning to you. good morning, everybody. our agenda next hour, trifecta of trouble. president obama's white house under siege on three fronts. facing allegations of using intimidation tactics in the wake of scandals involving the irs, associated press and again gazy. will the growing up roar kill the traction of moving his second term agenda forward? this is not the first time the irs has faced heat for targeting a group it suspected of being a little too political. i'll talk with civil rights pioneer julian bond about the 2004 speech that prompted the irs to probe the naacp. one of the most famous women in the world making this daring medical decision. it's having an impact far beyond hollywood. what does it mean for women facing the same choice? we'll talk about that and much more at the top of the hour. 30? 20? new purina one beyond has 9. the simplified purina one beyond. learn more about these wholesome ingredients at purinaone.com
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her long day of pick ups and drop offs begins with arthritis pain... and a choice. take up to 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. all aboard. ♪ morning everybody. hi. i'm thomas roberts. the hits, they just keep coming. white house forcing into a defensive crouch by a triple threat of scandal. west wing staffers walking into work to headlines like this one on the front page of the "usa
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today." under fire. this one on politico's website. scandal politics sweep capitol hill. now, the obama administration spinning its wheels, stuck in their response, fielding volley after volley after volley. first benghazi. then the irs. now the associated mess. the justice department being blasted after using a secret subpoena to obtain months of phone records from the associated press without the a.p.'s knowledge. >> obviously, we're distressed that the justice department felt the need to seize our records and not tell us about it. >> so the very head of the a.p. firing off a letter to attorney general eric holder, saying there's no possible justification for what the a.p. is calling a serious interference. >> accident waiting to become a nuclear even